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Argentina boosts Antarctic airlift with lease of C-130

8th June 2023 - 15:30 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC


The Argentine Air Force's new C-130H Hercules was delivered on 6 June. (Photo: Argentine Air Force)

Argentina has opted to lease a seventh C-130 transport aircraft under the US Foreign Military Sales mechanism.

On 6 June, a Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport aircraft landed at the Argentine Air Force’s I Air Brigade facilities in El Palomar, Buenos Aires province. 

The aircraft, which arrived from the US, will be assigned to I Air Transport Squadron.

The transfer is not a sale, rather Argentina is leasing the Hercules from the US for 11 months, via the FMS system, with a purchase option.

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The Hercules, serial TC-60, will be equipped with a kit previously intended for the service’s Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules (TC-100). 

‘This decision is due to the fact that the C-130H does not have the operating restrictions that the L-100-30 has due to its civil certification and greater weight, which makes it a more valuable option for tactical transport,’ explained the Argentine MoD in a 6 June press release.

The new aircraft will be utilised for various missions, including transport, search and rescue, deployment of troops and cargo, and supporting Argentina’s Antarctic bases.

The Argentine Air Force now operates seven Hercules, the service explained in a 5 June press release. ‘This is the seventh Hercules, and that number is consistent with the extension of our territory and the need to monitor and control it, and [the country’s] borders and limits,’ noted Minister of Defence Jorge Taiana.

Wilder Alejandro Sanchez


Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

Wilder Alejandro Sánchez is an analyst who covers defense & security, geopolitical, and trade issues …

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